Monday 26 August 2019

Sky is limit for Sterling as he hits 50 England caps - Delph

Raheem Sterling. Photo: Steven Paston/PA
Raheem Sterling. Photo: Steven Paston/PA

Sam Lovett

Fabian Delph believes "the sky is the limit" for Raheem Sterling as he labelled the England and Manchester City forward one of the best players in the world ahead of his 50th international cap.

Sterling is set to reach the milestone tomorrow when he lines up for England's Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands.

The 24-year-old, who made his international debut in November 2012, has played a crucial role in the side's journey to the last four of the inaugural competition, notably scoring twice in the thrilling 3-2 win against Spain.

On the club scene, Sterling has enjoyed the most successful season of his career to date.

After clinching the domestic treble with City, scoring 26 goals in the process, the forward was named the 2019 Player of the Year, chosen by football writers, and Young Player of the Year, chosen by fellow professionals.

But Delph insists there is more to come from Sterling, who he believes is still only "operating at 80 per cent".

"He's an amazing young man, people forget he's only 24," Delph said of his team-mate.

"When we both signed he was 19 and he looked like a little baby.

"I believe he's operating at about 80 per cent so if he can push himself a little more - which he will because his mindset is very good - in the next couple of years, the sky's the limit. Right now he's one of the best players in the world."

He is not the only Manchester City magician who wants to end his memorable club season with a bang - Bernardo Silva is seeking to help Portugal win the Nations League too.

The 24-year-old shone during his second season at the Etihad Stadium, with his interplay and impact in front of goal seeing him named in the PFA Team of the Year.

"Of course, having a great season at club level has given me confidence coming into the national side," he said ahead of tonight's semi-final against Switzerland in Porto.

Silva is expecting a tough evening at the Estadio do Dragao, where Portugal will be hoping to return this Sunday for the final, against England or the Netherlands. (© Independent News Service)

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